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Graduate and Professional Admissions

MSN Program

Thank you for your interest in our Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Here you will find information on admission to our MSN tracks - MSN Nursing Education, Executive Nurse Leader and Nursing Informatics. Additional program pages provide further information, so please explore the rest of the website.

Prospective Master of Science in Nursing students are selected for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, curriculum of completed required courses, and professional nursing licensure.

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree and/or RN to MSN Degree
    • For those with a major in Nursing (BSN) a B.S.N. GPA of 3.0 is required
    • For those with a BS in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.
  2. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  3. Current active professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  4. Pay $50 NSU application fee. 
  5. Completion of a college-level statistics course (from a mathematics department) with a C or better.

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU application for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 15th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS. All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

    Send all transcripts to:

    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201 
    Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny and Associates
    2nd Avenue
    (305) 273-1616
    (305) 273-1338 fax
    www.silny.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

    It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  2. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU application, which is available online.
  3. If, at any time, you wish to withdraw your application from consideration, please do so in writing. Direct this correspondence to:

    Nova Southeastern University
    College of Health Care Sciences
    College of Nursing Office of Admissions
    3200 South University Drive
    Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33328-2018

Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-APRN

Thank you for your interest in our MSN/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program. Here you will find information on admission to our family nurse practitioner (FNP) specialization and our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Curriculum specialization track. Additional program pages provide further information, so please explore the rest of the website.

Prospective MSN/APRN students are selected for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, curriculum of completed required courses, professional nursing licensure, and evaluation forms.

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree and/or RN to MSN Degree
    • For those with a major in Nursing (BSN) an overall GPA of 3.0 is required;
    • For those with a BS in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in fall term.
  2. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  3. A current, unencumbered, active state of Florida nursing license from the jurisdiction of the practicum (The license must remain active, without discipline, throughout the program).
  4. Pay $50 NSU application fee. 
  5. Completion of a college-level statistics course (from a mathematics department) with a C or better.
  6. Living within a 150-mile drive from the program campus. 
  7. 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not inlcuding position residences or facility orientations).

Application Procedures 

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

  1. Online at www.nursingcas.org
  2. By calling NursingCas at (617) 612-2880

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 15th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS.

    All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

    Send all transcripts to:

    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201 
    Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny and Associates
    2nd Avenue
    (305) 273-1616
    (305) 273-1338 fax
    www.silny.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

    It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

    • Submit a resume and or a curriculum vitae directly to NursingCAS.
    • Submit your unencumbered, active state of Florida nursing license
  2. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU Application, which is available online.
  3. If, at any time, you wish to withdraw your application from consideration, please do so in writing. Direct this correspondence to: Nova Southeastern University
    College of Health Care Sciences
    College of Nursing Office of Admissions
    3200 South University Drive
    Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33328-2018

Ph.D. in Nursing, focusing on Nursing Education

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires:

  • Current, active United States R.N. license;
  • Completion of an M.S. program with a major in nursing or an M.S.N. degree accredited by a nursing and regional accredited body;
  • Overall GPA of 3.5 in the candidate's master's or post-master's degree program in nursing;
  • An application, a curriculum vita, a writing sample that should include an unpublished or published paper, two evaluation (reference) forms, and an application fee;
  • Attend the mandatory on-campus new student orientation and the annual on-campus summer institute.

Application Procedures Fall 2018 Entering Classes

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

  1. Online at www.nursingcas.org
  2. By calling NursingCas at (617) 612-2880

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU applications for Fall admission will be March 1st. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS. (Current, active professional nursing (R.N.) licensure, in the jurisdiction of the dissertation (Licensure must remain current throughout the program.)

    All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

    Send all transcripts to:

    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201
    Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny and Associates
    2nd Avenue
    (305) 273-1616
    (305) 273-1338 fax
    www.silny.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

  2. It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.
    • Send a curriculum vita and two evaluation forms directly to NursingCAS.
    • Submit a professional writing sample (use APA 6th edition formatting, including headings for each section) directly to NursingCAS.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Prospective DNP students are selected for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, curriculum of completed required courses, professional nursing licensure, and evaluation forms. Individual student transcripts and writing samples are evaluated by the DNP program director.

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must hold a Master of Science in Nursing or a closely related field. 

Nova Southeastern University offers a PhD in nursing education and an EdD with a specialization in nursing education for MSN prepared nurses seeking doctoral education focusing on nursing education.

Transfer Credits

No more than 6 graduate credits may be transferred into the DNP program from other Ph.D. in nursing or DNP programs. Courses will be evaluated by the program director and the associate dean on an individual basis for credit toward the DNP. Their decision will be final. To be considered for credit, a course must have been taken at an accredited graduate program and be the equivalent of a course offered in the DNP program. The student must have earned a grade of B or higher in the course. Students must submit the syllabus of any course for which they are seeking credit directly to the program director. Additional documentation may be required by the program director before credit may be granted. Only courses completed prior to the matriculation in the DNP program will be considered for transfer credit.

Admission to the DNP program

  1. Master of Science in Nursing or a closely related field from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from master's degree.
  3. Current US registered nurse licensure with no restriction.
  4. Two evaluation (reference) forms from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic advisor, professors, clinical or non-clinical supervisors or community associates.
  5. A writing sample.
  6. Official documentation of all supervised post baccalaureate practice hours from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school.

See application procedures for full instructions.

Application Procedures 

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 15th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS.

All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

Send all transcripts to:

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
2nd Avenue
(305) 273-1616
(305) 273-1338 fax
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by- course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Two evaluations/references must be completed by individuals other than relatives (suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates) and sent directly to NursingCAS.
  • Submit a writing sample (use APA 6th edition formatting, including headings for each section) directly to NursingCAS. Include the following information in your statement:

Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Discuss Your Professional and Personal Goals Related to the DNP 
  • Discuss a Problem or Issue you see in your Professional Practice today that needs to be addressed from a DNP Perspective

      2. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU application, which is available online. 

      3. Upload official documentation of all supervised, post baccalaureate practice hours from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited school to your NSU Application.

  • Documentation must be from the program director of the previous post baccalaureate program and include the following information on university letterhead:
    • date
    • applicant's full name
    • university name and department
    • contact information for follow up, if necessary
    • program director's signature
    • date and title of degree earned
    • specialization earned and total number of preceptor-verified clinical experience hours
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